Radical US-born cleric Awlaqi killed

2011-09-30 17:00

Sana’a - US-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaqi, a prominent al-Qaeda chief described by US officials as "the most significant risk" to the United States, was killed on Friday in what was called a "significant blow."

A senior US official confirmed Awlaqi's death after an announcement by the Yemeni defence ministry.

"I can confirm ... he's dead," the senior administration official said, without providing details.

In Sana’a, the defence ministry said Awlaqi was killed on Friday morning but did not elaborate on the circumstances.

Tribal sources told AFP that Awlaqi, who was on a US wanted list, was killed in an air strike on two vehicles in Marib province, an al-Qaeda stronghold in eastern Yemen, early in the day.

One of them quoted what he said was a man travelling behind Awlaqi in a second vehicle and who was himself wounded.

The man, Khamis Arfaj, said Awlaqi and two others, one of them Arfaj's brother, Salem, "were killed instantly from a direct missile hit to their pick-up" truck.

The source said he suspected they died in an American drone strike, saying: "US planes have been flying overhead for days now."

"Then this morning, at about 09:30, what appeared to be a US aircraft fired on the two cars Awlaqi and his fellow operatives are believed to have been travelling in," he said.

US Republican Representative Peter King, chairperson of the House Committee on Homeland Security, called Awlaqi's killing "a great success in our fight against al-Qaeda and its affiliates".

"For the past several years, Awlaqi has been more dangerous even than Osama bin Laden had been. The killing of Awlaqi is a tremendous tribute to President [Barack] Obama and the men and women of our intelligence community," he said.

  • Phaedioux - 2011-09-30 17:24

    It would seem that these Al Qaeda 'leaders' are being 'knocked off' one-by-one! - not a career to be chosen lightly... These drones are also proving to be incredibly effective - not many (if any) have even been shot down. Way to go!

      BigPig69 - 2011-09-30 17:31

      Maybe we can borow one and show it a photo of Julias.....

      pistolpete - 2011-09-30 18:39


      slg - 2011-09-30 19:52

      It's tragic they choose to die, but these are significant steps forward for the freer world being threatened and in jeopardy from these martyr killers, who would have the world go back several thousand years.

      Muawiya - 2011-09-30 23:19

      listen to the man yourself and you will soon find out the real story behind this propaganda,

      slg - 2011-10-03 11:36

      That impresses you?

  • Wolff - 2011-09-30 17:29

    Koebaai Meraai

  • cameronrh1 - 2011-09-30 17:31

    The US should come here... we got a few radicals which need a missile up their A$$

      mecan - 2011-10-01 05:57

      Ye i agree!! Just give me a warning cause the wanker lives so close to me in Sandown

  • SP - 2011-09-30 17:41

    Wow, I didn't know people could be killed twice. :D This dude was killed in 2009 and now again. Must have 9 lives

      Phaedioux - 2011-09-30 18:16

      Al Feline movement?

  • zaatheist - 2011-09-30 19:02

    Guess what! There is no heaven, no hell and no 72 virgins to enjoy for eternity. Sucker!

      avanhuyssteen72 - 2011-09-30 19:08

      There is but 1 God.May he have mercy on your soul...

      Cyberfriend - 2011-10-03 10:03

      @Zaatheist,proof that there is no heaven or hell?

      Felix - 2011-10-03 10:26

      Cyberfriend, prove there is no spagetti monster.

  • Moon God - 2011-09-30 19:54

    Live by the sword, die by the sword! Good riddance!

  • R'rephistöch - 2011-09-30 22:20

    I'm all for making sure justice is done, but no-one here seems to realize the importance of the fact that he is a US citizen. The US constitution guarantees him a right to a fair trial as a criminal. It gets dangerous when governments get to unilaterally define the blurry line between crime and terrorism.

      mecan - 2011-10-01 06:07

      That’s why every1 keeps repeating the fact that 9/11 changed the US... and the world. Justice has gone out the window and self defence is first priority. There is only one way to fight terrorism - that is to lower yourself to their pathetic level. Kill and ask questions later. Why do you think leftist tree hugging peace activist hate the US, EU and Israel – because the West pisses all over Law & Order now days – and fires the first shot. Can’t blame them – I would also kill first to protect my family & friends. Gandhi once said, If its eye for an eye then we all will be blind – well… we are ALL blind on earth!

  • Muawiya - 2011-09-30 23:12

    don't be like sheep and listen to what is given to you by the west about this man, be discerning and you will uncover an intellectual giant of our time.. actually too cleaver for the 'super' power hence they had to take him out

      slg - 2011-10-01 05:05

      Hahahahahhaha! Good one.

  • Farouk - 2011-10-01 00:32

    it is sad that an atheist will realise that his time on this earth is shorter than the length of a foot bridge compared to a long road when he is dead.It is then that he will realise that he wasted his entire life in disbelief.Just because you cant see someone or something it does not mean it is not did not see your great great great granparents so can you say that they never existed??

      pistolpete - 2011-10-01 06:57

      Ja Farouk. According to your cult anybody who is mot muslim is an athiest. Sad indeed!

      Diaan - 2011-10-01 19:37

      Farouk , shouldnt you guys be greatfull when an infidel help you into paradise where you can have 40 virgins , sounds to me according to your logic that killing radical moslems is doing them a faviour ???

      Felix - 2011-10-03 10:29

      Bitch please.

  • Big Pete - 2011-10-01 06:01

    Can't we get one of those drones to take Juju out?

      BrassCopper - 2011-10-01 06:14

      Yes we can! This is a terrorist/dictators most terrifying nightmare. watch

  • Ingwe - 2011-10-01 07:26

    Excellent work, the 8th high ranking al-Qaeda person to be killed using drone strikes since Bin Laden was taken out. During that time many mid level al-Qaeda members have also been taken out in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. It seems the intel the US got from the Bin Laden raid plus the effectiveness of the Drone strikes is paying off. Well done, keep the pressure on al-Qaeda and help send them to “paradise”.

  • Malleus - 2011-10-03 10:22

    To combat terrorism, become a terrorist. America has become what it hates. And this is why they support Israel - they understand eachother.

      slg - 2011-10-03 15:50

      Simple thinking

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